Tulsa, Okla.-based American Precision Prototyping LLC has acquired GT Signature Co. in Austin, Texas.
APproto serves the aerospace, medical, automotive and consumer products industries using stereolithography, selective laser sintering, urethane casting, injection molding and other methods. The company is growing its capacity in Tulsa and expanding its capabilities with the addition of GT founder Georgia Theriot. Theriot is an expert in selective laser sintering and will run that portion of the business for APproto.
``The primary reason we bought GT is because of Georgia,'' said APproto President Jason Dickman in an April 5 telephone interview.
GT has been completely dissolved in Austin, and has been folded into APproto, Dickman said. APproto employs 53.
The company is adding 10,000 square feet to its 15,000-square-foot plant. The company also bought a neighboring 6,000-square-foot building this month.
Dickman said technology in the industry is advancing rapidly and it won't be long before prototyping will be done with actual polymers specified for the part. If a company plans to injection mold a polypropylene part, the prototype will be made of PP as well.
``We're getting closer to using the actual material. It will happen in our lifetime,'' he said.